A brief handbook for conscious consumption in the name of the 4 ‘R’s of the circular economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover
From the choice of electrical and electronic products to give away to the correct disposal of what no longer works. In view of the Holidays, Ecolamp, a consortium specializing in the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment that has reached the end of its life, offers a brief handbook for conscious consumption in the name of the 4 ‘R’s of the circular economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Retrieve.
REDUCE. For gifts, it is better to choose useful items and low-consumption or greener and more eco-sustainable electrical products. Each piece of electrical equipment has an energy label which makes it possible to evaluate its costs and consumption for the same performance, thus helping the consumer to choose the appliance with the least impact on the environment and on the bill.
REUSE. If you receive the new smartwatch model or the much desired designer lamp at Christmas, you can always find someone interested in giving a little more useful life to our used product.
RECYCLE. Throughout the country, the drop-off points guarantee operations even during the Christmas holidays: the consumer can therefore correctly dispose of all those products that no longer work. Let’s think, for example, of the decorations: the Christmas music boxes, the electric train, the lights for the tree and the luminous figures such as reindeer, Santa Claus and comets, which increasingly decorate our balconies. If at the end of the Holidays they are exhausted and there is no way to repair them, it is better not to put them back in the cellar and postpone their disposal until next year, but take them immediately to the ecological island. Furthermore, with the 1against1 formula, the consumer can take advantage of the sales period and decide to immediately replace the lights that no longer work, saving on new ones. In fact, all WEEE can be delivered free of charge to shops that sell electrical and electronic items when purchasing a new equivalent product.
RECOVER. Thanks to consortia such as Ecolamp, everything that is correctly disposed of in the separate collection of WEEE is treated in special plants that allow the recovery of raw materials useful for new productions. In the course of its activity, the Ecolamp consortium has guaranteed a recovery percentage between material and energy firmly above 95%. “On the occasion of the upcoming holidays – comments Fabrizio D’Amico, general manager of Ecolamp – the Consortium takes the opportunity to recall the importance of eco-sustainable behavior starting from the choice of electrical and electronic products to give as gifts to the correct disposal of what no longer works. Because everyone can contribute to creating a truly circular economy”.
In the first half of 2022, Ecolamp managed more than 1,400 tons of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) throughout Italy. In particular, the national non-profit consortium specializing in the recovery and disposal of WEEE collected and recycled 601 tonnes of small household appliances, consumer electronics and end-of-life lighting fixtures (grouping R4), and 806 tonnes of used light sources (grouping R5).